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Penguins vs Devils Odds & Picks – Best Bet for Sunday Afternoon Hockey

George Nassios

by George Nassios in NHL Hockey

Jan 21, 2023 · 9:01 PM PST

New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier and center Jack Hughes celebrate victory
Jan 10, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) and center Jack Hughes (86) celebrate their victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Penguins visit the Devils in an early afternoon affair on Sunday, January 22nd
  • New Jersey has got at least a point in eight of their nine games this month
  • Check out the Penguins vs Devils odd below, plus our best bet and prediction

At the outset of the season, you probably would’ve guessed it would be the Devils fighting to stay in a playoff spot at this point of the year instead of the Penguins. However, as they get set for their second head-to-head meeting in the last month, it’s New Jersey who sit comfortably in 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division with the Pens clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

On Sunday, January 22nd, these two sides face off at 2 pm ET from the Prudential Center in New Jersey. The Devils are comfortable -145 moneyline favorites favorites in the NHL odds for this divisional clash.

Below, we dish out more of the Penguins vs Devils odds while also offering up some analysis to go along with our best bet and prediction for this contest.

Penguins vs Devils Odds

Game Time Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Sunday, January 22nd Pittsburgh Penguins +1.5 (-200) O 6.5 (-105) +125
2:00 PM New Jersey Devils -1.5 (+170) U 6.5 (-115) -145

Odds as of January 21st at DraftKings Sportsbook. Claim the DraftKings Sportsbook promo code.

Now is the time for Pittsburgh to put some distance between them and the teams that are chasing the final postseason spot in the East. The Penguins have struggled in the last month, winning two in row just once during that span.

As +125 underdogs on the moneyline, they have an implied win probability of 44.44% to take this game with the Devils owning a 59.18% probability to be victorious at home.



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Penguins Players Returning From Injury

Part of the reason for the Penguins inconsistent play of late has been due to the injuries they’ve been dealing with over the last month. Number one netminder, Tristan Jarry as well as blueliners Kris Letang, Jeff Petry and Jan Rutta all have missed time along with a slew of forwards. Slowly, but surely, those players are coming back to the ice.

Jarry was spectacular in his return to the net on Friday against Ottawa, stopping 44 of 45 shots en route to a 4-1 victory. In addition, Petry jumped right back into the fold, playing over 25 minutes, a team high for the night. Although Letang is inching closer to a return, he is not expected to be back for this matchup against the Devils.

Although Pittsburgh was defeated 4-2 at home by the Devils three weeks ago, they have beaten New Jersey in their last four meetings at the Prudential Center.

Penguins vs Devils Recent Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Total
12/30/2022 PIT 2 – NJ 4 NJ NJ Push
02/24/2022 PIT 1 – NJ 6 NJ NJ Over
02/13/2022 NJ 2 – PIT 4 PIT PIT Under
12/19/2021 NJ 2 – PIT 3 PIT NJ Under
10/30/2021 PIT 2 – NJ 4 NJ NJ Push

The Pens offense seems to have awoken somewhat of late scoring four goals in three consecutive games. Regardless of where they currently reside in the standings, the Penguins are staying relevant in the Stanley Cup odds, amongst the top 10 teams in the league. With Crosby, Malking and Letang still in the mix, the odds of them winning at all at +1800 are quite appetizing.

Devils Finding Limited Success at Home

In one of the more eye-raising stats, the Devils are just 11-10-2 at home this year versus a league-best 18-2-2 on the road. Nobody on New Jersey really has a good answer on why they can’t get more victories at home, but it’s beginning to be a slight cause for concern. They are just 9-14 against the spread at home this campaign.

One player who has performed equally whether it be on home ice or away is Jack Hughes, who has taken his game to a new level this season. He has produced 28 points in New Jersey as well as in the arenas of the Devils’ opponents. Having already tied his career high with 56 points, he is on pace to top the 100-point plateau this season.

In any other year, that might be enough to make him a favorite in the Hart Trophy odds, but Connor McDavid is the heavy chalk at this point, and for good reason.

The Devils are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Kraken which snapped a five-game winning streak. Their last two games were both settled by a single goal.

Penguins vs Devils Pick and Prediction

Seven is usually a “lucky” number in gambling circles, but it appears as though six is the number to focus on when we look at the previous matchups between the Penguins and Devils. They have combined for exactly six goals in five of their last seven matchups, including the only previous time they met this year.

Penguins vs Devils Same-Game Parlay Picks

Pick Odds
Pittsburgh Penguins +1.5 -200
Under 6.5 Goals -115

Pittsburgh is a perfect 4-0 against the spread in day games this season, while the Devils sit at just 3-3. New Jersey has earned the right to be considered the favorites in the NHL odds for this one, but their poor play at home suggests they are ripe for a loss at the hands of the Pens Sunday afternoon.

Our prediction is to go with the upset and pick Pittsburgh on the moneyline as they look to go on a bit of a run before the all-star break in early February.

Pittsburgh Penguins Moneyline (+125)


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